O-061 Recommendations for Shaped Charge Jet, Munitions Test Procedure - Part 1: Explosives
The responses of explosives and propellant beds to direct impact by shaped charge jets has been intensively studied in the past fifteen years by Australia, Germany, France, UK and US.
Despite the need for standardization, NATO nations have not been able to promulgate STANAG 4526 "Shaped Charge Jet, Munitions Test Procedure" which should provide guidance and procedures for shaped charge tests on munitions.
The purpose of this series of two papers is to investigate and provide critique of studies over the past fifteen years on explosives first, then gun propellant to provide extra background for STANAG 4526. Recommendations for the test configuration, the shaped charge calibre and empirical criterion to be used will be proposed.
This paper was presented at the NDIA 2001-IMEMTS EUROMURAT Symposium held in Bordeaux, France from 8 to 11 October 2001.